Archives for May 2016

Toledo Zoo responds to Cinci Zoo’s killing of gorilla

The story everyone is talking about this weekend, the killing of a 400 lb gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four year old boy crawled into the enclosure and fell into the moat. While criticism of not only the zoo but the boy’s parents has been widespread, the Toledo Zoo Executive Director said yesterday the decision to kill the gorilla was a judgment call by the Cinci Zoo and he couldn’t say for sure how he would have reacted. He called the incident “horrific” and a zookeepers nightmare.

Voters change to GOP rolls in March primary

A new analysis of Ohio voters is showing that more voters switched from Democrat to Republican than the other way around for Ohio’s March 15th primary. It happened in almost every county according to the Secretary of State’s office. Governor John Kasich won the primary, and voters were required to vote for their party. Some analysts believe the switch may have been an effort to stop Donald Trump rather than a political change of heart.

Ag scholarship available in Paulding County

A new scholarship is available from the Paulding County Master Gardeners for educational opportunities for Paulding County residents. It’s a $1,000 scholarship and there could be several awards, which depends on the committee members. The scholarship is open to Paulding County high school or home school graduates who have completed one year of further education at a college, university or technical or trade school in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, conservation or forestry. Candidates need to apply by June 15th and the application is available at paulding.osu.edu/home.

Bryan graduates 123 for last time in old high school

Bryan High School sent their graduating class off to their futures on Sunday for the 138th and final time. The building, built in 1958, is being replaced by a new facility, but that excitement was in the background as the Senior class president reminded all 123 graduates that Sunday was the last day they would all be together. The class received over $2 million dollars in scholarships.

Last graduation class walks at North Central Local Schools

The excitement of a new school was dampened for a moment on Sunday as the last graduating class at North Central Local Schools graduated 31 students. The building, constructed in 1922, will be demolished and replaced with a new building. The class received $383,000 in college scholarships. In an emotional moment for all, Brock Mealer, who was paralyzed in a crash in 2007 that killed his father, defied 99 to 1 odds of being able to walk again and used two canes to walk on stage to speak to the class and offer encouragement for the future.

Bryan commemorates Memorial Day

Bryan paused to commemorate the fallen soldiers at Memorial Day festivities yesterday. A parade started the day off from the Goodwill parking lot. Military members placed wreaths at Fountain Grove for the fallen and a 30-gun salute was followed by taps. Bryan Mayor Doug Johnson spoke at the event and thanked the American military, which has stood tall to protect the country and gave their lives to defend liberty.

Spangler Candy investigated by OSHA

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is reportedly investigating Spangler Candy Company. An incident earlier this month injured an exployee who came in contact with a rotating drum, causing severe injury. This is the third worker injury for Spangler in less than a year, and according to the Bryan Times reporting, the company could face fines if worker safety violations are found, and that could be considered repeat-offender status due to its recent history. Two workers suffered amputations in machinery and the company was fined. This new investigation could take several months. The company says they are dedicated to worker safety and their goal is no injuries.

Fryer fire at Burger King

A Burger King deep fryer caught fire on Friday at the Ohio Turnpike. The restaurant on Ohio 49 could have gone up in smoke firefighters were able to get there quickly and get the fire out. There was some smoke damage and the fryer was destroyed but the building had no structural damage. No one was hurt.

Burger King fryer fire

A Burger King deep fryer caught fire on Friday at the Ohio Turnpike. The restaurant on Ohio 49 could have gone up in smoke firefighters were able to get there quickly and get the fire out. There was some smoke damage and the fryer was destroyed but the building had no structural damage. No one was hurt.

Elderly woman dies after being rear-ended in Pioneer crash

A fatal crash on Saturday in Pioneer killed an elderly woman. The crash happened at U.S. 20 and Lakeshore Drive in Madison Township. A 20-year-old Michigan driver rear-ended the victims car, forcing it to overturn, and hit a pickup. The victim, 73-year-old Sheila Sharp of Pioneer died at the hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt. The at-fault driver, Cole Weaver, was sent by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital and is in stable condition. The pickup driver wasn’t hurt.